How does it work?
Submit information about your book idea, through our online form. Our eminent jury will evaluate all the entries we receive and shortlist 25 finalists. These finalists will get a chance to pitch in-person to the jury, get their feedback and connect for potential publishing opportunities. The pitch event will be held on October 29th as part of the Bangalore Literature Festival.
What to submit?
A 250-word proposal/synopsis covering the story idea, background and/or characterization and/or plot summary along with a 1-page excerpt from your manuscript. LitMart is open to both fiction and non-fiction proposals, in English only.
What is the selection procedure?
Submissions will be accepted only via the online submission form. The jury will select the Top 25 finalists and an additional 10 waitlisted entries. Finalists will be required to confirm their ability to attend the LitMart pitch event on October 29th at the Bangalore Literature Festival.
LitMart Pitch Format
For the finalists, your pitch can be in any format that you think suits your book idea best – storytelling, short video, slide deck, short play or musical, dance – really, anything, as long as it is within THREE minutes. The pitch will be followed by a short Q&A from the jury. Pitching will be in front of a live audience.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, 20th October 2017 (midnight).
The Top 25 finalists and 10 wait listed entries will be announced on October 26th 2017 by email
The LitMart pitch event is on October 29th 2017 at 3:30pm.
Terms & Conditions
- Only unpublished authors can apply to participate in LitMart
- The Bangalore Literature Festival is only a facilitator via LitMart to connect aspiring authors with literary agents, commissioning editors and publishers. We do not guarantee or promise any publication deals or commercial contracts from the event
- The decision of the jury is final and the Festival does not have any influence on the same
Ajitha G.S. has been an editor in various media and formats for the past 17 years. She is currently senior commissioning editor, HarperCollins Publishers India.
Co-founder, Penbound, e-literary agent associated with media production houses like Viacom18.
Deepthi Talwar has worked in publishing for more than fifteen years and is currently Chief Editor with Westland Publications. She has worked with several bestselling fiction and non-fiction writers, including Rujuta Diwekar, Amish, Devdutt Pattanaik, Hussain Zaidi, Anuja Chauhan and Preeti Shenoy, and has edited a variety of books over the years: from travel writing to literary fiction, from mythology to thrillers. In 2008, she was part of the prestigious Frankfurt Book Fair Fellowship program, which focuses on information exchange, professional dialogue and the creation of networks between international publishers.
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Preeti Gill is an independent editor and literary agent who has been part of the publishing industry for more than twenty years. She was a Commissioning Editor at Kali for Women and Zubaan, and Rights Director at Zubaan.
She has worked extensively on issues of conflict and women in the northeast of India and has edited a volume of essays on the region called The Peripheral Centre: Voices from India’s Northeast. She is co editor (along with Sanjoy Hazarika) of Bearing Witness: A Report on the Impact of Conflict on Women in Nagaland and Assam, and co editor (along with Uma Chakravarty) of Shadow Lives: Widowhood in India.
She has worked on a number of documentaries as scriptwriter and researcher, the latest being Rambuai: Mizoram’s ‘Trouble’ Years which she has co produced.
Rashmi Menon has been a part of the Indian publishing industry for nearly a decade. She is currently the commissioning editor at Amaryllis. She enjoys helping new authors develop a book idea to really make it their own, gets a kick from seeing her projects realised in print.
Ravi Singh is publisher and co-founder, Speaking Tiger, an independent publishing company based in New Delhi. He has also been publisher and editor-in-chief, Penguin Books India and co-publisher, Aleph Book Company.
Sudeshna Shome Ghosh
Sudeshna Shome Ghosh has worked in the publishing industry for 20 years. She has worked at Penguin Books India, Rupa Publications, and is now a freelance editor. Currently, she is a consultant with Speaking Tiger Books and helping set up a children’s publishing imprint for them. She has edited and published authors such as Ruskin Bond, APJ Abdul Kalam, Sudha Murty, Ranjit Lal, Derek O’Brien, among many others.
Trisha De Niyogi
Trisha De Niyogi is currently heading the Strategic Planning and Marketing division at Niyogi Books. As a lead for strategic planning, her goal is to drive a portfolio diversification in alignment to the company’s long-term strategy. She began her career in publishing with SAGE Publications and has come a long way since then.
LitMart Pitch Event
October 29th 2017